The issue of house building is going to be a growing issue of concern in the Caerphilly county borough.
When Plaid Cymru was in administration at Caerphilly council, we urged house builders to look towards building in the north and middle of the valley to take some of the pressure off the Caerphilly Basin.
Unfortunately, that has not happened and the assumption now is that developers are eyeing up the Caerphilly area for more housing because of the proximity to Cardiff. Of course, people need more homes but in the right places for communities.
I fear that we will see planning applications for hundreds of new homes around Hendredenny, Ty Isaf and Penrhos.
The problem of major developments being given the go-ahead in the future is it will inevitably lead to gridlock in Caerphilly.
There have been some road improvements but there is just not the infrastructure to cope with hundreds and hundreds of new homes.
It is also important that we keep green spaces between our communities and we don’t get a situation where one area just ends up being joined to another. Keeping the identity and character of different areas is important. There mustn’t be development without regard for people.
I’m sure many Observer readers will want to resist plans for more houses once the expected planning applications start coming in.
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In addition, I mentioned the abuse of elderly residents and people with learning disabilities who live in care homes. I also highlighted restorative justice which brings together offenders and victims and shows people the impact their crimes can have on others.
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